Game 2 only takes 1OT for Blues to capture 2-0 lead in series against Blackhawks
After an incredibly intense, well-balanced Game 1 which went all the way into a 3OT situation, the Blackhawks and Blues are meeting again for Game 2 of the 1st round of the playoffs. The Blues took the first game with a game winning goal 26 seconds into the 3rd overtime period,making it the longest game their franchise ever played, at over 100 minutes.
Game number 2 would be ultimately taken by the Blues in overtime, in a brutal game that saw Chicago take 10 penalties and St Louis 6, and the lead change from the Blues, to the Hawks, and back to the Blues, who are now leading the series 2-0. The game’s pace was hard and the physicality ramped up, showing just how much these two teams dislike each other.
The first period of the game would see the Blues come out hungry and playing hard, physical, controlled, while the Blackhawks struggled to get their pace. St Louis would use it to their advantage, dominating in their PK and scoring twice in the first frame. The opening goal would be Chris Porter, 7 minutes in, a shot at an almost impossible angle, while the second goal would be Kevin Shattenkirk with just under a second left in the period. He beat Corey Crawford after the Blackhawks goaltender made two hard saves in quick succession but couldn't freeze the puck, and Shattenkirk used the momentum to slap a shot past the Blackhawks' defense and into the net.
The second period saw the Blackhawks gain some momentum back - their zone entries were better and they had less turnovers, but the period was chippy, with a lot of penalties that resulted to nothing. However, less than 3 minutes left in the frame, Chicago's Duncan Keith scored on Blues' goaltender Ryan Miller, cutting the St Louis' lead in two.
The Blackhawks would enter the 3rd period with a power play, as Shattenkirk was sent to the box at the end of the 2nd for roughing - along with Steve Ott and Brandon Bollig, both picking up 10 minutes misconducts. Just under 5 minutes in the third, d-man Brent Seabrook scored for the Hawks, a shit similar to Keith's. Two minutes later, Michal Rozsival would score as well, a slapshot that gave the Blackhawks the lead.
5 minutes before the end of the period, a bad play from Seabrook would result in a hit to the head of St Louis Blues' captain David Backes, sending Backes to the dressing room while Seabrook received a game misconduct - he will undoubtedly be suspended for the hit, an elbow to Backes' head.
The Blackhawks kept the lead even after this momentum shift, but Vladimir Tarasenko would manage a goal 7 seconds before the end of the period, forcing overtime, for the second time in the series.
However, unlike Game 1, this game would only need 5 minutes 50 of overtime to be over, thanks to a goal by Barret Jackman, concluding the game with a Blues’ win.
Next game of the series is on Monday, April 21st. Game time is 8.30 p.m. ET and can be seen live on CNBC and CBC.